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wink-hartman.jpgGREAT BEND, Kan. - A new poll released by KWCH-Channel 12 in Wichita shows that Mike Pompeo's TV ads, coupled with his attacks on Wink Hartman regarding Hartman's vacation home in Florida, have paid off.

A similar poll taken by KWCH-Channel 12 taken in February showed Hartman leading with 36%, State Senator Dick Kelsey at 11%, and Pompeo and State Senator Jean Schodorf at 10% each. Both polls were done by SurveyUSA at the request of Channel 12.

Actually, in the new poll, Hartman gained a point from the February poll, from 36% to 37%. But Pompeo gained a whopping 29% percentage points, from 10% in February to
39% now.

While the Pompeo/Hartman race is a statistical dead heat, Pompeo has the momentum now.

TOPEKA, Kan. - On Thursday, long-time Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley endorsed Chris Biggs for Secretary of State.

That is not very surprising in itself. After all, Biggs is the incumbent Secretary of State, appointed to the position by Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson. What was notable was that Hensley also called on Wyandotte County Senator Chris Steineger to withdraw from the primary and give his full support to Biggs.
Chris Biggs

In an open letter to Kansas Democrats, Hensley wrote:

Now Kris Kobach wants to be our next Kansas Secretary of State. Should he become the Republican nominee, Kansas Democrats need a strong candidate who will bring professional conduct to the office.

I believe the man to beat Kobach is our current Secretary of State, Chris Biggs.  Chris is a lifelong public servant.  He has the experience and integrity needed to go head-to-head with h and win.  It is important that we unite behind the strongest Democratic candidate and in this case the choice is clear:  Chris Biggs is the man for the job.

Read the open letter after the break...

GREAT BEND, Kan. - 3rd District Republican Congressional candidate Kevin Yoder inexplicably voted against the interests of Johnson County and the entire 3rd Congressional District by voting against the 2010 Comprehensive Highway Plan, and also voting against the funding mechanism for the plan.

I was fortunate to serve on the "Project Selection Process Working Group T-Link Task Force" regarding the new highway plan this past year. Although I always tried to bang the drum for more highways for Western Kansas, it was clear that Johnson County and Eastern Kansas had more immediate needs due to high traffic counts and population growth.

A decade earlier, in 1999, when Governor Graves presented his "Comprehensive Highway Plan," Rep. Patricia Lightner voted for it. She was a practical conservative, and did the right thing for Johnson County and her constituents. She is Yoder's main opponent in the August 3 Republican primary for Congress.

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The June 10th edition of Community Bridge, Manhattan's alternative to talk radio, featured the publisher and editor-in-chief of the Kansas Free Press, in a follow-up to our 2009 show about the online newspaper. Now in its eighth month of activity with over 70 writers, the Kansas Free Press provides Kansans with an alternative to the mainstream media.

She talks about how the Kansas Free Press has grown, what some future plans include, how people can support the newspaper, the mainstream media in Kansas, and the role Net Neutrality plays in allowing the Kansas Free Press to survive and reach its public.

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kelly-kultala.jpgOVERLAND PARK, Kan. - In her first appearance with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sen. Tom Holland, state Sen. Kelly Kultala said that she will file paperwork to begin campaigning as the Democratic candidate for Kansas Lieutenant Governor. Kultala, 51, is in her first term in the state senate serving District 5, which includes Ft. Leavenworth, Leavenworth, Lansing, western Kansas City, and Bonner Springs.

In announcing his choice of Sen. Kultala as his running mate, Sen. Holland contrasted their moderate campaign against that of Sam Brownback, who he refers to as the "Washington Insider,"

"Sam Brownback says he's a fiscal conservative, but he forked over billions in earmarks to his campaign donors. He pretends to be a champion of Main Street, but he treated Kansas as an obstacle to Wall Street's bottom line."

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